Wink Relay control panel adds new features such as Uber and Fitbit monitoring

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Wink is a integrated smart home system that allows you to use and automate all your smart home devices all with one app. If you haven’t heard of Wink, we’ve been reviewing the system, some of the devices that work with it, and how we use them in our homes, such as the smart garage door controller and ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Today Wink announced that their Wink Relay, a touchscreen control panel and light switch replacement that that’s powered by Android, added a few nifty new features.

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The Wink Relay now has widgets that can do things like as call an Uber. I just used Uber for the first time a few weeks ago and thought the experience was pretty great. If I used Uber on a regular basis, I think it would be fun to call for a ride and monitor its progress on the Wink Relay.

In addition to calling an Uber, you can now use the Wink Relay to monitor your Fitbit step goal progress as well as trigger lights or IFTTT recipes with smart buttons. And if you have multiple Wink Relays in your home, you can now use them as an intercom, which a nice new feature.

Home automation is a passion of mine. I think it’s fun, challenging, can protect your home and can even save you money if you do it right. If you’re on the lookout for smart devices to add to your home, the Wink system deserves a look, and the updated Wink Relay is a great place to start. The Wink Relay is available on Wink.com for $99 or Amazon from third-party sellers for more than $99.

Fitbit_on white-cropWhat are your thoughts on the Android-powered Wink Relay and its recent updates? Would you like to call an Uber from where your light switch used to be? Do you already have a Wink Relay? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!


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Wileyfox introduces the Spark family, powered by Cyanogen OS

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Wileyfox likely isn’t a name you’ve heard, but the British start-up is beginning to make a name for itself. The company uses CyanogenOS to power its new family of smartphones, the Spark family. This series includes the Spark, Spark+ and the Spark X, all of which are affordably priced and reasonably specced. Let’s take a look at the base model Spark.

  • 5-inch 720p IPS display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage plus a microSD card slot
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 22oomAh battery
  • Dual microSIM card slot
  • Cyanogen OS 13/Android 6.0 Marshmallow

As you can see, the Wileyfox Spark is midrange. But its price might make up for it. Wileyfox has the Spark priced at just £89.99 or €119.99.

The Spark+ doubles the storage and RAM to 16GB and 2GB, respectively. The rear camera is also bumped up to 13-megapixels. The Spark X takes all the specs of the Spark+, but bumps up the display size to 5.5 inches and also boosts the battery capacity to 3000mAh.

Pricing for the Wileyfox Spark+ is set at £114.99 or €149.99. Pricing for the Wileyfox Spark X is set at £129.99 or €169.99. The Wileyfox Spark is now up for pre-order through Amazon, with orders shipping on July 12.


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Amazon is discounting unlocked Android phones and loading them with lock screen ads

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How would you feel about looking at ads on the lock screen of your phone? What if you could save some money on the price of a new unlocked phone by doing so? That’s what Amazon Prime Exclusive is all about.

The new Prime Exclusive program from Amazon offers new, unlocked Android phones at discounted prices. In exchange for those lower prices, the phones will show you ads on the lock screen and come preloaded with Amazon software, including apps and a widget to display daily deals. If you see an ad on your lock screen that you like, you can tap on it to learn more. If you don’t care for the ad, you can simply unlock your phone like normal to dismiss it.

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The first two phones to be available through Prime Exclusive are the Moto G4 and BLU R1 HD, and they’re both being discounted by $50. That means that the Moto G4 is $149.99 for the 16GB model and $179.99 for the 32GB version, while the BLU R1 HD is $49.99 for the model with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM or $59.99 for a version with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. If you order the Moto G4 today (June 29), you can save an additional $25, leaving the 16GB at a price of $124.99 and the 32GB at $154.99.

Both the Moto G4 and BLU R1 HD are available for pre-order today, and they’ll begin shipping on July 12. In order to buy them, though, you will need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber.

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While the idea of having ads on your lock screen may sound crazy to some, Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones could be a nice option for budget-conscious shoppers. These are brand new, recently-released Android phones that come unlocked out of the box, and the $50 discount that you get with them is a sizable chunk of their total price. And because the ads are on your lock screen, you could end up not even seeing them half the time that you use your phone, as you just quickly swipe to unlock the phone and dismiss the ad.

What do you think of Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones? Would you deal with ads on your lock screen in exchange for getting $50 off of a new phone?

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Sources: Moto G4, Blu R1 HD


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Verizon announces $249.99 4G LTE Network Extender for better in-home coverage

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Carriers always try to expand their coverage when they can, but it’s just not possible to cover every place. Verizon customers who have discovered their network quality isn’t that great inside their home, can get a new in-home network extender to help with that.

It’s called the 4G LTE Network Extender, and it does exactly what the name suggests: it extends Verizon’s 4G LTE network to reach where the regular network may not cover. The device will cover 7,500 square feet, and there can be seven devices connected to it at once. There’s a separate eighth channel reserved for 911 calls. The 4G LTE Network Extender also offers HD Voice coverage for the devices that support it.

Verizon says the 4G LTE Network Extender can “automatically learn its surroundings and adjust its coverage to improve user experience.” If you leave the Network Extender’s range, you should automatically be switched over to Verizon’s standard 4G LTE network, as long as coverage permits.

Verizon’s new 4G LTE Network Extender launches on June 30 for $249.99. For it to work, though, Verizon says you’ll need to have broadband internet service in your home, with speeds at least up to 10Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Verizon recommends internet speeds of 20Mbps down and 10Mbps up for it to work as well as it can.

Do you use a network extender?


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Wink Relay control panel adds new features such as Uber and Fitbit monitoring

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Wink is a integrated smart home system that allows you to use and automate all your smart home devices all with one app. If you haven’t heard of Wink, we’ve been reviewing the system, some of the devices that work with it, and how we use them in our homes, such as the smart garage door controller and ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Today Wink announced that their Wink Relay, a touchscreen control panel and light switch replacement that that’s powered by Android, added a few nifty new features.

Uber_arriving

The Wink Relay now has widgets that can do things like as call an Uber. I just used Uber for the first time a few weeks ago and thought the experience was pretty great. If I used Uber on a regular basis, I think it would be fun to call for a ride and monitor its progress on the Wink Relay.

In addition to calling an Uber, you can now use the Wink Relay to monitor your Fitbit step goal progress as well as trigger lights or IFTTT recipes with smart buttons. And if you have multiple Wink Relays in your home, you can now use them as an intercom, which a nice new feature.

Home automation is a passion of mine. I think it’s fun, challenging, can protect your home and can even save you money if you do it right. If you’re on the lookout for smart devices to add to your home, the Wink system deserves a look, and the updated Wink Relay is a great place to start. The Wink Relay is available on Wink.com for $99 or Amazon from third-party sellers for more than $99.

Fitbit_on white-cropWhat are your thoughts on the Android-powered Wink Relay and its recent updates? Would you like to call an Uber from where your light switch used to be? Do you already have a Wink Relay? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!


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Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus now available to pre-order in the U.S.

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Back in May, Motorola made the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus official, and now folks in the United States who want to get their hands on one of the new Moto phones can pre-order one of their own.

That’s right, both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are available on Motorola’s official website and can be customized through Moto Maker to create that device you really want. Prices start at $199 for the 16GB Moto G4, with the highest-end option being the 64GB Moto G4 Plus with 4GB of RAM, which will set your wallet back $299.99.

If you order now, your device should arrive by July 12. If you happen to be a Republic Wireless subscriber, Motorola says both devices will be available for the carrier on July 28.

The differences between the devices are worth noting. The Moto G4 Plus features a fingerprint sensor below the display, while the Moto G4 doesn’t. Additionally, the Moto G4 Plus boasts a 16-megapixel camera on the back, while the Moto G4 features a 13-megapixel shooter. And lastly, the Moto G4 Plus with 64GB of built-in storage offers up 4GB of RAM, while the Moto G4 tops out at 2GB of RAM.

Do you plan on picking either model up?


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Wink Relay control panel adds new features such as Uber and Fitbit monitoring

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Wink is a integrated smart home system that allows you to use and automate all your smart home devices all with one app. If you haven’t heard of Wink, we’ve been reviewing the system, some of the devices that work with it, and how we use them in our homes, such as the smart garage door controller and ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Today Wink announced that their Wink Relay, a touchscreen control panel and light switch replacement that that’s powered by Android, added a few nifty new features.

Uber_arriving

The Wink Relay now has widgets that can do things like as call an Uber. I just used Uber for the first time a few weeks ago and thought the experience was pretty great. If I used Uber on a regular basis, I think it would be fun to call for a ride and monitor its progress on the Wink Relay.

In addition to calling an Uber, you can now use the Wink Relay to monitor your Fitbit step goal progress as well as trigger lights or IFTTT recipes with smart buttons. And if you have multiple Wink Relays in your home, you can now use them as an intercom, which a nice new feature.

Home automation is a passion of mine. I think it’s fun, challenging, can protect your home and can even save you money if you do it right. If you’re on the lookout for smart devices to add to your home, the Wink system deserves a look, and the updated Wink Relay is a great place to start. The Wink Relay is available on Wink.com for $99 or Amazon from third-party sellers for more than $99.

Fitbit_on white-cropWhat are your thoughts on the Android-powered Wink Relay and its recent updates? Would you like to call an Uber from where your light switch used to be? Do you already have a Wink Relay? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!


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Verizon to introduce new features, including carryover data

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In the fierce competition between U.S. carriers, every operator has to find a way to stand out. While Verizon has long held its ground by boasting the best network, the company looks to be finding some other ways to boost value for customers. According to a new image that popped up on Reddit, the company is going to add some new features.

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The first of these is carryover data, allowing customers to roll unused data over into the next month’s data allotment. It’s important to note that each month rolls over into the next month only, so you can’t indefinitely hold a massive data allotment.

Second is Safety Mode, which is essentially a removal of data caps on plans, albeit at throttled speeds once you go past your paid-for allotment. This comes free on XL and XXL plans, but will be an additional $5 per month for customers on other plans.

Finally, Verizon will offer customers the ability to bring their text, data and voice allotments with them to Mexico and Canada. This perk also includes free calling from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. Like Safety Mode, this feature is free for XL and XXL customers, but will be available to other customers for an additional charge (though the exact price is unclear).

Droid-Life was able to receive confirmation of these changes from at least one source, and Verizon replied by saying that it’s “going to have some fireworks next week.”

Any of these features pique your interest?


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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update adds support for Netflix in HDR, YouTube 4K 60FPS, and more

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For a set-top box, being able to access the highest-quality content is certainly one way to get a leg up on the competition, which is fierce these days. For anyone that owns a SHIELD Android TV box from NVIDIA, an update is on the way that helps to do just that.

NVIDIA officially announced today Software Upgrade 3.2, which brings with it what NVIDIA calls “industry-leading features” to the set-top box. At the top of the list is support for High Dynamic Range, or HDR, content from Netflix. With HDR, viewers get benefits like a wider color gamut, brighter highlights, and even more detail in darker scenes. You’ll need a TV that supports HDR to get the full benefit. Specifically, you’ll need a TV that supports HDR10, the open source format in the fledgling format war. Samsung, Sony, and LG support HDR10 out of the box. Vizio will support HDR10 for some of its M- and P-Series TVs later this year.

The update also includes support for watching YouTube content in 4K at 60 frames per second, as well as 4K support for VUDU. And for the audiophile out there, the SHIELD Android TV also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound pass-through.

Here are the other new additions coming today to the SHIELD Android TV:

Best Universal Search

  • Perform a natural language search for music, movies, TV shows or games and get results from over 60 apps including top new additions: Netflix, VUDU and Spotify.

Media Streaming – At Home and On the Go

  • With PLEX Media Server now built-in, you can stream your personal media collection from SHIELD to mobile devices, even outside the home. Accelerate your media (even from a NAS) with SHIELD’s HD transcode. Learn more here: https://shield.nvidia.com/support/nvidia-android-tv/faq#plex

More Top Apps Streaming to Your TV

  • If you’re a sports fan you can now stream all WatchESPN has to offer. Music lovers now have access to Spotify. For news junkies, CNNGo, NPR and ABC News are on the way. Family-friendly programming will get a major boost with WATCH ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney Jr. and Disney XD, and Nick. Viacom also brings popular shows with MTV and Comedy Central.

Automatically Turn your TV Off

  • Rounding out our HDMI CEC support, SHIELD now automatically turns off your TV when SHIELD sleeps. Enable in Settings > HDMI > HDMI-CEC preferences.

Share SHIELD Folders with a PC

  • Access SHIELD folders from a network PC or Mac and enjoy drag-and-drop file sharing. Enable in Settings > Storage & reset > Access SHIELD folders on PC.

Mount Network Storage

  • Mount a network attached storage device (NAS) to SHIELD to access your complete media collection. Stream this media to mobile devices using the Plex app and SHIELD’s HD hardware transcode. Set up in Settings > Storage & reset > Network storage.

Improved Picture Quality

  • Enable YCbCr 4:4:4 color space for improved video quality on supported TVs. Go to Settings > HDMI > Color space.

The new software should be rolling out beginning today, so keep an eye out. The SHIELD Android TV was recently updated to Android Marshmallow as well, so NVIDIA is certainly keeping the ball rolling when it comes to new software.


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Android Pay is now available in Singapore

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Google went to go all-in with mobile payments when it launched Android Pay in the United States near the end of 2015. Since then, Android Pay has gained support from more U.S. banks and credit unions, but its international rollout is taking a more measured approach.

Android Pay officially launched in the United Kingdom last month, and now it’s rolling out in another country: Singapore. As of this writing, Android Pay is is available to use at any checkout spot in Singapore that accepts contactless payments. Singapore is the first country in Asia to support Android Pay, and we hope that its adoption in the region will expand quickly.

Android users in Singapore will need to have an Android handset that’s running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a handset that supports NFC to use Android Pay. Just download the Android Pay app from the Play Store, then add your credit or debit cards that you’d like to use.

Android Pay is now available in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. Google has confirmed that Android Pay is headed to Australia next, but there’s no firm launch date just yet.


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